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    Re: Ants trying to get into my hive

    I agree with and appreciate Barry's recommendation not to kill the ants. If there is no evidence that they are harming the colony, why kill them? Any poisons will eventually spread to the decomposers...
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    Re: where can I buy a varrox in the US?

    I have seen a few opinions about the Heilyser as being somewhat flimsy. I'm only treating a few hives so that may be not an issue. I must say I prefer the simplicity of the Varrox, but does anyone...
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    where can I buy a varrox in the US?

    Varrox oxalic acid vaporizer: Does anyone know where these can be purchased? Or any used ones for sale? Estate sales of deceased beekeepers??
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    Re: oxalic acid vaporisor

    I know this is an old and cold thread but relevant to my current question. I am sold on the efficacy of oxalic acid vapor, which I did last November. However it appears some mite treatment is needed...
  5. Re: jam-packed hive; should I add a box now or wait?

    I know that rule of thumb for adding supers in the busy summer season. But does it still hold now, when bee populations are going to be decreasing as we get closer to winter?
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    I have a hive which is busting at the seams with bees. I was hands off with this colony all summer so didn't notice how crowded they were till just now. Bees hanging out at each front entrance and...
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    Re: neonicotinoids EPA, Dan Rather reports

    I was very bummed to learn that the treatment of choice against the emerald ash borer is systemic neonicotinoids: mainly imidacloprid, the very thing that's been identified as causing harm to...
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    Re: capped swarm cell .. in late September??

    I didn't know that bees would swarm so late in the season. It seems that they are pretty much guaranteed not to survive the winter, unless some human catches and hives them.

    I'm very curious to...
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    capped swarm cell .. in late September??

    Just saw a capped swarm cell in a hive. There's uncapped brood as well, so I'm wondering if the hive just recently swarmed. Seems late in the year, but not unheard of, according to other posts here....
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    Re: Grease Patties

    Honeyshack, Thanks for your reply. I am sure that I've read that k-wing is from tracheal mites, as opposed to the deformed wings that are associated with varroa. However today I saw several crawlers...
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    Re: Grease Patties

    Regarding tracheal mites... I'm noticing some evidence of tracheal mites (crawlers with K-wings) on my hives. It's interesting that folks say tracheal mites are no longer a problem; one of my bee...
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    Re: what mite count is acceptable?

    Well, I ordered some Apiguard (sounds like the Thymomite strips would be preferable but I didn't know about them in time) right away but I've got three full supers on each hive and am not yet ready...
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    Re: what mite count is acceptable?

    Thanks a lot for the very specific guidance. My aspiration is to natural beekeeping but in the meantime I will still choose "soft" chemicals until the bees can hold their own. Don't want to lost...
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    Re: what mite count is acceptable?

    Bees4U- You say count red mites only. Please say a bit more about this. I need this comment to be amplified. Is red a stage of the varroa life cycle; is red varroa and other non-red are not varroa?...
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    what mite count is acceptable?

    I just did a sticky tray mite count for 48 hours on my two hives. They're big colonies with big populations - started as Italians three years ago. One tray had 10 and one had 40 mites. Does anyone...
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    Re: what do you think upper entrance?

    Hi Kwest, I'll give the caveat that I'm in my second year of beekeeping before I share my experience with upper entrances.

    I drilled cork-sized hole in the center of the front wall of all my...
  17. Re: massive numbers of dead bees under hive - varroa suspected

    Bad syntax: what I meant was that the bees exhibit symptoms described for both types of mites (i.e. there are some wandering around in the grass without flying and without deformities; some that hold...
  18. Re: massive numbers of dead bees under hive - varroa suspected

    I suspect I had a combo of varroa and tracheal mites (symptoms of both match). I looked into one of the hives I wanted to combine yesterday. It was a small colony , no evidence of robbing unless bees...
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    I can't imagine the number of bees that died (in the thousands, easily) was the same in all my hives and that the other two hives managed to carry that many away. I don't think it was robbing - they...
  20. Re: what's best time of day to combine hives?

    Another question: I have a super on each of the two hives (needed honey stores for winter) . Should I place the new brood box on top of the super of other hive or directly on top of brood box? In the...
  21. what's best time of day to combine hives?

    Right now there is a lot of robbing happening - two of my three hives are dealing with robbing. I'm going to combine these two hives, but how do I manage to do this without exposing the hives to even...
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    Poll: Re: Do you use a feeding stimulant?

    Ken, How do you use the HBH-flavored spray when combining hives? Is it to mask the queen's scent or to calm the bees? And do you still use the sheet of newspaper initially?
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    Re: White smudges on the bees

    It's possible that another beekeeper in your neighborhood sprinkled powdered sugar on her/his bees and maybe some of yours were robbing that hive... or maybe the white powdered bees are not part of...
  24. Re: Wintering Hives - Screened Bottom boards/Inner Covers replacing them with Wooden

    I wonder about the effect on the bees of opening up the SBB in the spring - even if they do fine with it closed off through the winter, it seems to me the timing of removing the board also may have a...
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    Re: Is anybody still using Oxalic Acid

    Where are folks using oxalic acid getting their crystals? Do you trust the hardware stores supply? One of the beekeeping supply places told me to shop at the hardware store but I'd like that...
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